Fast paced, witty, action-packed.
Fuzzy Nation. Same combination of fast paced action, sharp laugh-out-loud humor and a similarly hilarious court scene.
I don't know that I'd listen to it again, but if I did, I'd enjoy it. John Scalzi is funny, and his books are always the audio equivalent of page turners. I found myself making my daily walks longer just to listen more.
I guess his books are a combination of page-turner-thrillers, hard sci fi and the kind of humor that the Brits (Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams) usually do best. Word play and genre play but with stories that hook you in.
I can't really single out one -- his Robin was great and his Harry too, but he also did a great job with the alien Tak (no idea how to spell it) who sounded like a naive teenager even though he was a big scary person-eating alient.
Not a lot of sentimentality in this book, but having the brothers (one computer, one human) meet at the end worked for me.
A great time was had by all!
I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.
This wasn't exactly up my alley, I'll admit. A crazy beginning with farting to communicate - come on now! Needing a certain kind of sheep for a ceremony?? A lot of it was a bit over the top, but I guess that's what a lot of people liked about it too. Once I willed myself to just go-with-it, it did keep my interest and was well told. Although to be 100% honest, I thought it was going to be about androids, given the name and the android on the cover. It is not - silly me!
Sometimes the author would mention something about a character (and then take 5 - 10 minutes filling in a silly back story that wasn't always necessary - imho.) To me that was just a bunch of unnecessary detail.
But overall, wow, it ended up being an elaborate and clever story as long as you aren't looking for realistic. The ending is mind blowing (in all the detailed events that fall into place) and Kudos to Scalzi for keeping it all straight. While it wasn't exactly "up my alley" I have to admit it was some good story telling and thus give it 4 stars.
Will Wheaten did a great job narrating - 5 stars!!
This is an immediately engaging story and it gets more interesting as it goes along. Some of the tech is already dated, but that almost seems to have been a choice instead of an accident and it did not reduce my pleasure in the story. He avoids the major mistake of attempting to explain technologies, which is very easy for SF authors to fall in to. The characters are engaging and distinct, as usual. There's a lot of imagination shown in various aspects of the story. I don't want to spoil it so I will leave it at that.
My other half and her friends are writers, we listened to this as we drove around Scotland together. If there had been significant mistakes it would have been torn to pieces, but the writers kept quiet and enjoyed the story.
In some ways the story line is a common one, but this is a good example of the type.
This is sci-fi meets political thriller meets satire meets action. Its hard to classifiy this book since there is so much going on. Seriously it would take 4 paragraphs to summarize the plot but here goes my attempt in about 4 sentences. There is a political snafu (a pretty funny one actually) between earth and an interstellar ally (more like "frenemies" than allies here). To make up for this Earth must supply this ally with a sheep - yes a sheep. They need it for their coronation ceremony. If they don't get it then the kingship is up for grabs. Needless to say this rare sheep keeps getting more rare because rivals are killing it faster than anyone can collect one. It turns out the DNA is all that matters and this is where things get wierd - no spoilers but it turns out we CAN find the DNA of one. The difficult part is keeping all the various groups struggling for this DNA from getting their hands on it before the hero can save Earth. Everyone from the interstellar ally rival factions to a religious cult based on this sheep is after it.
This is a pretty fast paced book and I was never board. I was amazed that Scalzi was able to weave so many threads together so tightly and expertly.
I can't answer this one, as I don't read books anymore. I've been an Audible listener for 10 years come this August, (10 years man!) and my friends and family swear I CAN'T read. Well. I can. I read to my 2 year old each evening! (She's not old enough for audio-books JUST yet... but soon... soon...)
Wil Wheaton. He's a fantastic narrator! I have to admit a childhood crush on Wheaton (Gordie Lachance not Wesley Crusher) and I'm glad to see him diverge from acting to lend his voice to John Scalzi's work. He's by turns funny and somber, and he reads quickly, not stumbling over words and carrying the story faster than an inattentive mind may be prepared to accept. But the inflection and pitch keeps you listening and interested, and the characters are believable, male and female. His narration adds to the novel, guiding the story well.
Ah, but you asked about the STORY.... Fine.
The story's just great, and picking a "best" part is difficult because it's good entertaining fun from beginning to end. I love the way that the themes are serious, but the treatment is still light and irreverently optimistic. The story examines the rights of sentient species, international (inter-species, interplanetary) conflict, exploitation of those too weak to object, the true horror of war and the idea that we will continue to die in war as individuals long after we have escaped the solar system. Religion and faith, artificial intelligence, and life after death are ALL tackled head on and explored with great insight and sensitivity. But there is none of the "morality tale" feeling that you might observe in say, Orson Scott Card's treatment of similar broad themes. (Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide)
While Card's books are also excellent listens, (once you finish this, use your next credit for Ender's Game and you'll be glad you did) there is much more real humor and joy in the overall feeling of The Android's Dream. I found myself laughing aloud more than once.
I loved the scenes in which we reveal the true nature of the sought after Android's Dream, and in which each character responds from their various points of view. Without spoiling, there's a plot twist that doesn't wait until the end, and it's excellently crafted. I found myself laughing until tears came to my eyes, and then the tears were real because I was moved by the way that Scalzi shows us how fragile our perceptions of what is "normal" what is "real" or "legitimate" can be. Suffice to say that the way in which he prompts questioning the nature of our identities is masterful... are we a collection of cells and a slave to our genes? Or are we something more?
I was moved by the friendship between Creek and Brian, and by their loyalty to one another. I think that the idea that a friend could be eternal, and that maybe all that makes a person could be preserved and then expanded is really a neat one.
I've also read Redshirts by Scalzi, and I really enjoyed both! Worth the credit and worth the hours.
In "The Android's Dream" John Scalzi follows a long tradition of writers who perfectly blend SF and humour; Robert Sheckley, Alan Dean Foster, Douglas Adams (brilliant character names), et al; with a touch of Tom Sharpe ("Wilt" in particular). Sweetly, he gives a nod to other classic SF ... including the book's title itself ...
Scalzi is particularly skilled at incorporating the "info dump" (technical or background information that is 'dry' but essential to the plot) within the story telling.
The plot is clean, intelligent, exciting, and touching; with much humour, as I've said. It also has some very unexpected vignettes and turns of story.
The reading perfectly complements the writing. Wil Wheaton's ability to give sense and clarity to the tongue twister names of aliens is nothing short of amazing; and delightful. Pacing, diction, dry tone, accent ... all excellent.
I've never read this book before, and will recommend this to anyone who enjoys their sci-fi with a touch of humor and action. Love the twists and turns the story takes. Contains protagonists you can sympathize with as well as villains you can hate, and even "bad guys" that you can like and respect! It's got everything.
Excellent narration by Wil Wheaton, with just the right amount of irreverence.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
I think this is why I love Scalzi. The story may be odd circumstances but he always brings it back to being human. People feel the same way now as they will in the future or on a different planet. Don't get too excited it won't teach you the meaning if life it is just fun. The more I read/listen the more I love Scalzi